Please register for your preferred session – only select one session in category D. We will try our best to accommodate your preference, but cannot guarantee. We apologise if your preference is not available. We also reserve the right for last minute changes when it comes to scheduling. Thanks for your understanding.
Updated March 23, 2017. TRACK THEMES, SESSION TOPICS, AND THEIR VENUES ARE YET TO BE CONFIRMED. THERE ARE LIKELY TO BE CHANGES.
Track 1: Niche Markets
Venue: Kiridara Hotel
Kiridara Hotel is a boutique four-star property set in an elevated location south of the old town centre of Luang Prabang. Local tourist attractions such as Royal Palace, Phu Si and Wat Mai are not far from the property. Kiridara’s restaurant commands a north-facing view to Phu Si and will offer a quiet, intimate venue in which to explore the session topic.
Venue: Luang Prabang Golf Club
Hills and valleys overlooking Luang Prabang and the Mekong River provide a magnificent setting for this unique golf course; a highly strategic and challenging 18-Hole, 7,443-yard, par 72 championship layout, including the signature par 3 #17 (pictured). MTF 2017 delegates will enjoy spectacular views of the World Heritage town and the mighty Mekong from the clubhouse balcony while negotiating the interactive session topic.
Track 2: Human Capital Development
Venue: The Balcony by LANITH
LANITH aims to build hospitality and tourism centres of excellence throughout Laos to educate and train staff for the country’s booming tourism industry. The Balcony bar and restaurant at LANITH Luang Prabang operates as a social enterprise and reinvests all of its profits back into the training centre. Students staff The Balcony under the guidance of professionals. Sample the Balcony’s service while enjoying the topical session.
Venue: Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre
Founded in 2000, Ock Pop Tok has grown from a small shop selling only a few designs, to becoming one of the most important textile and arts institutions in Laos. Meaning “East Meets West” in Lao, Ock Pop Tok was founded on principles of fair trade and sustainable business practices, and was a pioneer in social business and ethical fashion. Enjoy amazing views over the Mekong from OPT’s Living Crafts Centre restaurant as you discover more about the Forum topic.
Track 3: Experience Development
Venue: Calao Restaurant
A new restaurant by the people behind Luang Prabang’s acclaimed l’Elephant French restaurant among other popular eateries, Calao is located on the picturesque Khem Khong Road overlooking the mighty Mekong River. Differentiating Calao will be its greater emphasis on Lao cuisine infused with French flair. The restaurant resides in a mansion built by a Portuguese merchant in 1904, which then became the six-room Le Calao Inn. Learn more about culinary tourism in this newly repurposed heritage building.
Venue: Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden
Pha Tad Ke is the first botanical garden in Laos. It is created to be a regional research center into plant reintroduction, horticulture, ethno-botany and medicinal plants to address critical problems ranging from local natural resource management to conserving biodiversity. Employing local villagers, the property also provides visitors with a range of experiences including garden tours and eco-treks. Enjoy the boat ride to and from Pah Tad Ke Botanical Garden as well as the Forum session overlooking a lotus pond.
Track 4: Cultural Tourism
Venue: Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center (TAEC)
Founded in 2006, the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC) collects, preserves, and interprets the traditional arts and lifestyles of the country’s many and diverse ethnic groups. TAEC’s doors opened to visitors in July 2007 to exhibit the ethnic cultures of Laos and promote handicrafts in the museum shop. TAEC is the only independent resource centre in Laos dedicated to Laos’ ethnic groups. Dive into the session topic in TAEC’s balcony cafe.
Venue: Mekong Kingdoms’ ‘Play’
Mekong Kingdoms is a new player in Mekong River cruising, offering “stylish new ways to meander along Southeast Asia’s more beguiling river”; new routes, bespoke itineraries, and curated experiences. MK’s 42-metre vessel, Play, is a sophisticated floating lounge crewed by a skipper and highly-trained staff. The vessel will launch in April 2017 with a suspended lounge with sun beds, air-conditioned private room, and a well-stocked bar. Enjoy Play while at work on the Forum topic.
Track 5: Marketing & Sales
Venue: Manda de Laos Restaurant
The property on which Manda de Laos sits has been in the same family for generations. Lao food traditions are actively preserved here in honour of the matriarch Phiew, who learned to cook traditional Lao dishes from her mother and passed her passion on to her five daughters. The restaurant, considered one of the finest in Luang Prabang, sits at the edge of three beautiful lotus ponds, which are also preserved; listed as UNESCO World Heritage since 1995.
Venue: Mekong River Cruises’ ‘Mekong Star’
A Lao-German joint venture, Mekong River Cruises launched the first long-distance river cruise on the upper Mekong River in 2005 on the unique Mekong Sun. Mekong River Cruises offers different routes between Chiang Saen in Thailand, Luang Prabang and Vientiane in Laos, and the provinces of Thailand’s Issan region. The company’s newer vessel, the Mekong Star, with the bright, open indoor/outdoor spaces of its upper deck, will provide the perfect venue for the Forum session.
Track 6: Responsible Tourism
Venue: Living Land
The Living Land community enterprise was formed in response to the destructive methods of farming commonly used in Laos. The founders share their land-friendly knowledge and methods with local farmers, government departments, educational institutions, and students. Tourists can enjoy a half-day rice experience in which they perform with their own hands every stage of traditional rice production. Living Land’s Terrace Restaurant, overlooking the rice fields and mountains in the distance, will be the venue for a fascinating interactive session.
Venue: Chantavinh Resort
Chantavinh Resort is located on the opposite side of the Mekong River from Luang Prabang, near Ban Chan village. Ban Chan is famous for its pottery. To get the the resort, MTF 2017 delegates will take a short ferry ride across the river during which they can enjoy the late afternoon sun. On the boat ride back, the sun will be setting over the Mekong.
Track 7: Carrier Capacity & Connectivity
Venue: Sofitel Governor’s Grill
Occupying a century-old colonial mansion, which was built as the governor’s residence complete with fortified walls and watchtowers, is the all-suite Sofitel Luang Prabang. Explore the Forum topic in style at the edge of Sofitel’s landscaped courtyard under the safari tent of the Governor’s Grill steakhouse restaurant.
Venue: Luang Say Cruises’ ‘Pak Ou 3′
Since 1999, Luang Say’s custom built luxury river boats have travelled on the Mekong in Laos between Luang Prabang and Huay Xai. Luang Say’s Pak Ou 3 is a 35-metre custom steel power boat used on a range of cruises in which passengers overnight in land-based accommodation. Crewed by six, Pak Ou 3 has a capacity of 40 passengers; sure to be a magical venue for a Forum session.
Track 8: Sustainable Investment
Venue: Luang Prabang View Hotel
The Luang Prabang View Hotel truly lives up to its name, boasting a commanding view of the heritage town. The hotel’s construction began in 2007; a multi-million dollars project that took three years to complete. The property’s striking Som View Restaurant enjoys the same great views from its temperature-controlled interior or breezy outdoor setting.
Venue: Grand Hotel Luang Prabang
The 75-room Grand Luang Prabang Hotel proudly sits on the banks of the Mekong River with a view of the mountains surrounding Luang Prabang. The resort resides on the 59,000-sqm estate of the Xiengkeo Palace, which belonged to the Lao nationalist hero Prince Phetsarath. The standalone Le Bistrot overlooks the Mekong and offers a comfortable setting for the interactive Forum session.